Concealers & Color Correctors…Do you actually need them??

A concealer can be your new best friend if used correctly. It literally gets you covered ๐Ÿ˜‰ a beauty lifesaver I mean who doesn’t need this beauty essential that can brighten up a tired face, right?
It is basically a highly concentrated form of foundation with a high amount of pigment hence more coverage. Applying a concealer correctly, by that i mean finding your right shade, determine you undertones it can be warm, cool or neutral. Note – If your concealer too light it can look ashy & unflattering, & if it is too dark then it will make you look tired & like a racoon :I

And of course, I am a huge fan of concealers and that’s because i have it all ๐Ÿ™ acne scars, hyper pigmentation, dark circle, sun spots that i like to conceal & so I am always on a hunt for that miracle product that will change my life and then i will never have to find another concealer in my life!! For a lot of people that product is a foundation or mascara for me it is the CONCEALER. Be it cream, highlight, pen, stick, I have tried them all (as you can see the over flowing concealers in my drawer) and have loved some & did not like some. After trying out different concealers, my hope is to find that holy grail one that will magically vanish all my problem areas. Amen! So far, that does not exist but that does not cease my quest to find it!! Long story short i have collected a lot of concealers over time and will talk about some that are my favorites & are my ride or dies!!

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There are Face concealers – to hide problems such as blemishes, scars, areas of pigmentation,( if you are concealing your face then you need to match your concealer to your exact skin tone it can not be lighter). I like my face concealer to match my exact skin tone. To name a few I i like to use are – Mac Pro Longwear Concealer, MAC Studio Conceal and Correct Palette, Laura Mercier & Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage SC-2.
Then there are Eye concealers – to cover heavy dark circles, puffiness, wrinkling (you can go with a shade or two lighter to brighten & make away with under-eye circles). Some that I really love & are my holy grail status are – Clarins Instant Concealer, Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, Maybelline Better Skin Concealer, Tarte Shape Tape Concealer & Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer.

Concealers

There are three types of concealers,and this how you would use them –
Light-Reflecting Concealers – There are light reflecting particles in the concealer that brightens the under eye area leaving it looking luminous and refreshed, so that will make you look well rested. Light reflecting concealers are the best way to make your eye appear lifted & refreshed by applying the concealer only where there is darkness then blend the product well with a small fluffy brush or patting it in with your fingers.
This type of concealer is for areas you want to brighten, so use them in the inner & outer corners of the eyes to erase those shadows. They often come in pen dispensers with a tiny fine brush. The two that i currently am using are the Clinique Airbrush Concealer & YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch. You can also apply LRC on the bridge of your nose, center of your forehead & on your cupids bow to make your lips look fuller. I have rather dry under eyes and always prime my under eyes with an eye cream that way any product goes on without creasing or tugging.

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Full Coverage Concealers – are non-light reflecting for areas you want to fade. Are designed to cover problem ares like acne scars, blemishes, age spots, hyper pigmentation & discoloration. Also for more pronounced dark circles and for puffy bags under the eyes. For my medium skin tone I usually use a shade slightly darker to conceal that has a bit of orange & yellow in it to cancel out the darkness. I use the MAC Studio Conceal and Correct Palette or Sonia Kashuk Palette to mix and match the right shade for my face. And the days there is a special event or i need that extra coverage I use the Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer that is amazing for that complete coverage. For any areas of pigmentation or redness around my face, I use a larger concealer brush. I always use minimal product & will urge you to go little by little because trust me with cream products less is more to avoid that cake face.

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Color Correcting Its simple what ever color you are trying to get rid of you will look directly across the opposite end and that will be the color you will use to cancel it out. Different color address different concerns like-

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If you have major dark circles or purple blue shadows under your eyes then you will use a Bright orange or Peach Color (Salmon color) corrector to cancel it out. This will cancel out the intense shadows & cancel out blue circles or bruising and even hyper pigmentation. Bright orange is great for (medium to dark) skin tones. Peach would be great on (fair-light medium) skin tones.
Opposite on the color wheel to red is green so
Mint green
will neutralize any redness on the skin, areas like around the nose or when you have a sun burn, blemishes, rosacea or broken blood vessels.
Purple Color Neutralizes yellow & will balance out sallow undertones and brightens.

Corrector

The one corrector I use under my eyes & shadowy areas is the Becca Back-light Targeted Corrector, I love it, it is so creamy and the peach helps to cancel out the blue under my eyes. One thing I always do is wash my face, use my serum/ moisturize then i will use a primer. With all that done I feel makeup goes on so much better on my fresh primed face to start with. So the question is do you really need Concealer? And the answer is heck yes!! Women with every skin tone could do with some concealer to get away those dark under eye circles and appear more fresh. But if you are blessed with great skin or have younger skin then just flaunt it!! don’t even bother to cover it up with too much makeup. I hope this post was helpful!

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